Under 25: Top 5 British Prospects in Boxing

British Prospects
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Daniel Dubois celebrates victory over Nathan Gorman by holding up the British Heavyweight Title after the British Heavyweight Title fight between Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman at The O2 Arena on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Brad Foster, one of the top British Prospects in boxing outpointed James Beech in the return of boxing. Although Foster is a top Prospect, the United Kingdom is full of talented young fighters. This article will explore the top 5 young British prospects in boxing under 25 years of age. 

Daniel Dubois: Best of the British Prospects?

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Daniel Dubois knocks out Kyotaro Fujimoto during the WBC Silver and WBO International Heavyweight Title fight between Daniel Dubois and Kyotaro Fujimoto at Copper Box Arena on December 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Opening our list is the heavyweight knockout sensation, Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois. Signed under Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, Dubois is looking to make a statement in 2020. His opponent of choice is fellow Brit and Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce. Having fought limited opposition up till now ‘triple d’ has to be commended for taking such a big test so early in his career. Dubois is 22 years old. He is already the British and Commonwealth champion. He is very heavy-handed. And will only improve in power and skill as he ages and his career progresses.

Should he be able to overcome the juggernaut on the current date of October 24 he will look to challenge for a world title in 2021. Dubois could be pitted against Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury in 2021 should an opportunity arise. His next fight will be against a two-time Olympian and undefeated German Erik Pfeifer on August 29.

Terri Harper

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Terri Harper poses with the WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight World Title belts after the WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight World Title Fight between Eva Wahlstrom and Terri Harper at FlyDSA Arena on February 08, 2020 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Terri ‘Belter’ Harper is the best young female prospect in all of boxing. Harper is a good ticket seller. She brings all of her Doncaster fans to see her exciting encounters. She worked in a chip shop until last year. Then she got her big opportunity boxing on the undercard of her idol, Katie Taylor. Since then she has featured as chief support to Kell Brook in Sheffield. This was a fight that saw her become WBC World Champion and announce herself as the number one contender at 130 pounds.

Harper is set to fight again as part of Matchroom Boxing’s fight camp series. She will headline week 3. Subsequently making history by taking on a fellow Brit for her world title in amateur star Natasha Jonas. Potential super fights for Harper are limited at 130 pounds. Fellow prospect Mikaela Mayer is the hardest test for her. If she wants bigger contests then she must move up an action-packed lightweight division that could eventually see her challenge her hero and queen at 135 in Katie Taylor. 

Sunny Edwards

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Sunny Edwards poses with the belt after winning the British Super-Flyweight Title fight between Sunny Edwards and Marcel Braithwaite at Copper Box Arena on December 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The Brother of former WBC Flyweight champion Charlie Edwards. Sunny Edwards was ‘encouraged’ to take up boxing as a young child. Edwards is a current domestic level fighter. He is the British champion at super-flyweight. Despite this, he has rankings at both Flyweight (no.4 with the WBO) and Super-Flyweight (no.6 with the WBC). This could eventually warrant a title shot. But as of yet has not faced the suitable opposition to prepare for it diligently.

Edwards will return as chief-support to Dubois Pfeifer on the 29th August at BT Studios in what is a clear step-down. However, once Edwards has a warm-up fight he will have to either: challenge for the commonwealth title or step up to the European level as the domestic scene at both 112 and 115 pounds is limited. This could lead to some interesting matchups for Edwards towards the end of 2020 and 2021.

Viddal Riley

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Best known for being the trainer to Youtube phenomenon KSI. Viddal Riley has had a unique and interesting rise to stardom; unlike any other on this list. Many have dismissed the talent Riley possesses merely due to his social media following but training and fighting under the Mayweather name makes him no joke. He was an 8-time national champion in a successful amateur career that witnessed him defeating the likes of Daniel Dubois. An impressive spar at the Mayweather gym while training KSI saw him dazzle the likes of Jeff Mayweather and Amer Abdullah.

Eventually, he earned the opportunity to spar Andrew Tabiti and clearly amazed enough to be offered a pro contract with team Mayweather. Riley is still early in his pro career but has already headlined a pay-per-view event in Dubai and obtained a large following through his Youtube channel, rap career, and social media following. The future looks bright for him but he has some tough contests on a domestic level with the likes of Mikael Lawal and Richard Riakporhe.

Dennis McCann: Youngest of the British Prospects

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: Dennis McCann punches Jerson Larios during the Bantamweight fight between Dennis McCann and Jerson Larios at The O2 Arena on July 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Closing our list of top British prospects is Dennis ‘the menace’ McCann. A young undefeated technically proficient southpaw bantamweight. Ruthless and entertaining both inside and outside the ring. Topped as one of the best young prospects in boxing today at just 19 years of age. McCann dropped out of primary school in order to pursue a boxing career under the renowned Repton Boxing Club. That proves he is as devoted as they come.

McCann has also been the subject of large media exposure as he earned numerous television slots on big Queensbury shows including chief support to Foster Reid II on ITV and BT Sport. This has all come in just 6 fights and a year in the game. He has often been compared to Nassem Hameed due to his confidence and interesting style. ‘The Menace’ returns to the ring on the 20th August on the undercard of Sharp Ofori at BT Studios. 

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